They were equal opponent only for 20 minutes, when the result still was tied at 8-8. But then Sweden made the first breakthrough in this match scoring 6 and conceding only one goal. Still, Macedonian girls managed to make things better until the halftime and bring the result to 14-11.
The first ten minutes of the second half were just an introduction of the Swedish incredible run that happened from 40th to 55th minute. They managed to keep their sheet clean scoring 9 consecutive goals and that brought them to a lead of 28-14. The final 32-16 was the biggest difference of the match.
HEAD COACH OF SWEDEN, ERIK LARHOLM:
“We are glad to win the first match of this championship. We had some control matches in the last two weeks with teams from Sweden, but it is not the same. It is always more difficult when you face with new style of playing, and new opponent. It was nervous first half, but in the second we showed that we have better team and more quality players. The rotations, the substitutions, and our running in transition were decisive”.
HEAD COACH OF MACEDONIA, JULIJANA DAMCHEVSKA
“Macedonian team doesn’t have anything to lose at this championship, we can only learn as this is the first big tournament for these girls. Today we saw precisely that, our inexperience, and the lack of control matches in the preparation period. We even had three of our starters injured, but I am sure that they are going to give their best in the coming matches. We are not losing hope, I know that my girls give their maximum”.